A Passion for Traditional Chinese Arts

 

Cherk, Creating Chinese Brush Paintings in His Later Life

Cherk is a man of Chinese origin who emmigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in his late teens.  For over 30 years he worked as a local Muni bus driver.  After retirement, he became the president of an influential family association which was very important to him.  Cherk has always had a passion for traditional Chinese arts, particularly opera and Chinese brush painting.  He is self-taught except for taking a class as a young boy in Chinese brush painting to learn how to paint shrimps and crabs.  He has created Chinese brush paintings periodically throughout his life.  Cherk is now enjoying creating unique Chinese brush paintings at AgeSong and working with Christina, an art therapy counseling intern.

Christina, Pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Art Therapy

Christina began interning with AgeSong Institute’s Gero-Wellness Counselor Program in February 2012 and completed her hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).  She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Art Therapy.  Through her volunteer work at a local hospital interacting and creating art with patients that have cancer and life threatening illnesses, she discovered her passion in working with others using the medium of art and decided to pursue a career path in art therapy.  Since January, 2013, Christina started her art therapy counseling internship at Age Song and has really enjoyed her work. She took a Chinese brush painting class last year to learn more about this beautiful art form and to embrace her mixed ethnicity as a Caucasian/Chinese individual. She began working with Cherk in February, 2013, and was thrilled to watch his art progress and his whole approach to life expand.